Bathrobe dilemma

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This was my Daddy's bathrobe, which I can't bring myself to get rid of. Trying to think of a creative way to repurpose it. And you guys are the cleverest. Any suggestions? It's navy blue satin.
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  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Dec 02, 2014
    Since it's a man's robe, there should be ample fabric to utilize into some nice projects. For example, cut the sleeves out, put a trim on the cut edges (both shoulder and cuff edges), stuff with polyfil, and tie with a velvet ribbon like a Tootsie Roll to create a pair of neckroll pillows. Use the remaining bulk of the body of the robe to make one, or probably at least two, maybe three, large square pillows. Once made you will have a memento of your dad and could even hug him, well, the pillows. You could also trim a photo frame with scraps of the fabric and place photos of your daddy in the frame to compliment the effect,. Just what came off the top of my head.

  • Colleen Colleen on Dec 02, 2014
    My condolences over the loss of your father. Are you sure you want to repurpose it? just wear it, take it to a seamstress have it altered to your size.

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Dec 02, 2014
    @Peggy Maynard Corbett I like the suggestions by Swan Road. Not sure what is around in your house, but you could use the robe to create a chair cover or skirt. Perhaps you have a small window where this fabric would work in. It is a very classic fabric by the way. You might also want to cut it in such a way as to create a throw or shawl - may want to line it with a warmer fabric - perfect for a cool evening inside or out - I am forever using a throw to cover my knees. With this type of project you would be close to your dad. Let us know what you do and post a pic, I would love to see it.

  • Linda T Linda T on Dec 02, 2014
    I took some of my mom's things, wrapped them in pretty paper, put them in a decorative box and buried them beside a tree. She loved trees and flowers.

  • Carole Carole on Dec 03, 2014
    Make it into a pretty shoe bag or sleepwear case to put your nightie in. Can you get it made into a slip or nightie for yourself?

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 03, 2014
    Like the colours and pattern. I would make up into decorative pillows.

  • Debs Debs on Dec 03, 2014
    I would make pretty throw pillows to keep on my bed during the day or in a guest room on the bed,,Make one with the front pocket in-tack so you can keep a letter/message from him inside of it... What would we ever do without memories..... So Sorry about the loss of your dear Father..

  • Carol Carol on Dec 03, 2014
    I lost my Dad also and had the same question with some of his items. I had his robe and a sweater each made into a bear. One bear now sits on my bed and each day I am reminded of how amazing my dad was and how blessed I was to have him for my dad:). I know the bear will last many years and will be passed down to my kids someday. I like the ideas of using the robe and of pillows and such, to me I wanted something that would last years, perhaps generations and the bear worked for us. I had it made by a seamstress and its jointed, really a very cute little guy :). Whatever you choose will be perfect for you.

  • Carla Carla on Dec 03, 2014
    When my father in law passed away last year, his wife had me make teddy bears from some of his old shirts.

  • Linda Bailey Linda Bailey on Dec 03, 2014
    You could always use the fabric in it to make a throw for your couch. Use all the fabric on the top, and back with some navy blue fleece. That way you could wrap up in it, and remember your dad.

  • Frances Frances on Dec 03, 2014
    My friend had teddy bears made out of her old mink coat,and gave them to her grandchildren

  • Melissa Coutilish Jewell Melissa Coutilish Jewell on Dec 03, 2014
    Aw how sweet! My condolences to you losing Your Dad..Have You thought about framing (or having it framed,professionally) in a shadow box type frame? Could be the top 1/2 to make it a standard sized frame or you could custom make it long & narrow with a handsome frame made out out dark stained mouldings attached to the edges of simple pine boards..If you watch any show that features any sports stars' home,They ALWAYS have Their jersey,or outfit framed in a shadow box!!!

  • Kathy Kathy on Dec 03, 2014
    a pillow

  • Maria Maria on Dec 03, 2014
    After my husband died I kept a few of his shirts that he wore all the time and made a 12x12 quilt patch from them for each of my children. I framed them and now they have a decorative piece to hang on their walls that each time they look at it will bring back good memories of their dad. You might have other items of your fathers that you could use for this project.

  • Rhonda Hiebert Lerner Rhonda Hiebert Lerner on Dec 03, 2014
    I, too, just lost my father and know how you feel. How about modifying his bathrobe to be a stylish smoking jacket for you to wear with black satin pants and strings of pearls!

  • Somewhat Quirky Somewhat Quirky on Dec 03, 2014
    I wouldn't repurpose it. I would buy a vintage hook and hang it in one of your bedrooms or bathrooms. If you have a nice closet you could hang it there or on the back of your closet door.

  • Pam Black Pam Black on Dec 03, 2014
    There is a company who makes teddy bears from articles of clothing. If you google it I'm sure you can find it. They send you a box to ship it in and everything. Something special for yourself and possible grandchildren.

  • Lora (Howard) Cotton Lora (Howard) Cotton on Dec 03, 2014
    I had the same problem with a PINK robe from a dear friend who lost her battle with cancer. (Her daughter's are my besties too.) Since neither of her girls are crafty, I took the robe and am making pillows for the two girls and a granddaughter, then since the guys would hardly appreciate something totally pink, I'm making dolls (not sure whether a puppy dog or a teddy bear) that will incorporate a portion of the robe so that they all have a touchable memory of their mom/grandma.

  • Sue Sue on Dec 03, 2014
    I work for hospice and we use the clothes of patients that have passed to make Memory Bears, but honestly, why couldn't you use the robe as a robe for yourself? that way you will have him with you every morning.. :-) sorry for your loss

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    • Sue Sue on Dec 15, 2014
      @Retta E Moran so sorry for your loss, Retta. Remember to give yourself grace and take one day at a time. Grief is difficult and everyone grieves differently. You might check into a bereavement group in your area. Good luck on your journey.

  • Mary Montry Mary Montry on Dec 03, 2014
    wear it,it would be like getting a hug from your dad

  • Tina Krenz Tina Krenz on Dec 03, 2014
    Depending on your color scheme for Christmas, (and this just came in the top of my head), I would take each of the sleeves, make a stocking out of them, and put some nice white cotton on them like at the top of the stocking part, and put a white ribbon somewhere to make it stand out and look nice. ( I'm the type of person who can visualize, but not artistic).

  • Diana Lafavor Diana Lafavor on Dec 04, 2014
    I would make sachet bags, perhaps make some extra in lavender and cedar or balsam and give as gifts to other members of the family

  • Peggy Maynard Corbett Peggy Maynard Corbett on Dec 05, 2014
    These are all great ideas. I don't wear it because a. I don't like wearing satin and B. It's really big! He was over 6 feet tall. I love the idea of a throw. And of making something like a wrap.

  • yuo can also make pillows to put in cairs or on the couch.

  • Theresa Ortega Theresa Ortega on Dec 08, 2014
    Teddy bear. Mine was made from my deceased brother's tshirts.

  • LindaChaney2 LindaChaney2 on Dec 08, 2014
    Hang it on the wall by running a rod though the arms like they hang the Japanese Robes. It becomes not only a memory but art.

  • Cyndie S Cyndie S on Dec 08, 2014
    So sorry for your loss. Make a bed jacket/robe/quilt for yourself. Save some material to make a scarf to actually wear.

  • Sharon Russell Sharon Russell on Dec 09, 2014
    Once you cut into it, that's it. If your loss is a recent one, my advice is to just keep it the way it is for awhile. You know how, if you don't spill anything, you can maybe wear a shirt again before washing it? I have one of Dad's - I wrapped it in plastic - and although the scent is very faint now (38 years later) when I'm really missing him, I can still get a whiff of his aftershave around the collar....did the same with one of Mom's best, still get a trace of her cologne...and somehow, they are with me again, for a moment...

  • Connie Connie on Dec 09, 2014
    I made pillow covers out of some of my father's flannel shirts. We bring them out in the winter and enjoy them through Christmas. The robe is so nice, I would either wear it myself or perhaps a fancy pillow for a chair or bed.

  • Tatjana Lijić Tatjana Lijić on Dec 14, 2014
    Maybe a comfort pillow but with embroidered initials of your Dad,or frame a peace of fabric also with initials...

  • You could make a scarf. Simple, and you can wear it when you'/re feeling the need to be close to him.

  • Ksr7431166 Ksr7431166 on Jun 30, 2016
    I have made teddy bears out of loved ones clothes

  • Jessica Serrano-Gregg Jessica Serrano-Gregg on Sep 01, 2016
    I'm sorry if somebody already said a quilt. I did a very easy basic one out of my grammas clothing. But I also used some of that fabric to make wall hangings! I used several things like a picture frame ( sans glass) and cut a pretty design from one of her nightgowns ( it had these massive flowers lol) so I cut them out and arranged them on foam board then tacked down. Now I can touch them when I need too! I used a very thin amount of batting underneath for stability. It's very nice. The other thing I did was I made appliqués out of them simply by cutting a design and fusing them to interfacing. I have a bunch left and I'm going to make a purse!

  • Andrea Careless Andrea Careless on Sep 01, 2016
    I would make a pillow too.

  • Sharon Russell Sharon Russell on Sep 02, 2016
    Maybe a picture frame...a piece of the material cut to fit and taped tight to the cardboard in back...with a smaller picture of him, in the center of it? Covered with the glass, it would keep it all clean and be a lovely memento. I saved an old work jacket of my Dad's., in a Tupperware container... It's got his first name embroidered on it and the company logo too. I deliberately didn't wash it, and so to this day, I can catch the very faintest whiff of his cologne, ( and the diesel, too, he was a cross country driver.) He's been gone since 1977.